- January 18, 2011
- Bettendorf, Iowa
of William's Passing
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“Still missing you everyday dad.
1 of 19 | Posted by: Jr - Son
“Every time I saw him I just felt like he cared. He always knew what to say. He use to call me shorty when I was young. I didn't want to be short so I...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: damond coghill-behrends - IA
“Teri and Family,
Even on deadline-dates in both of Bill's professions, he found some humor to share with the rest of us. His steady hand and patient...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Ruchotzke - FL
“Teri - I am so sorry for your loss. After reading the wonderful tribute to Bill's life, I am convinced you will never be totally apart from him, as...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Jones - Business Colleague
“Teri (Mother): Having been married almost as long to my Bill as you were to your Bill, I feel deeply for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Diana Raftery - Friend of Teri's
“On behalf of the Moline High School graduating Class of 1972 we wish to offer our condolences to the Behrends family
6 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanette Donohue - Moline, IL
“Teri, my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
7 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Pousson - Davenport, IA
“Teri and "The Behrends Boys" I can't tell you how much I already miss Bill, his easy smile and good nature were something to be cherished. I can't...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Randy Linn - Coal Valley, IL
“Teri, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I know your heart is broken right now and it will take time to heal. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Joanne (Gumpert) Meier - Elgin, IL
“Teri and family,
Our hearts ache for you. What a beautiful obituary about a wonderful man who will be missed by many. May the joy you shared be a...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Shar and Charlie Peters - GA
“Terri, JR, Tony and Adam I was shocked to learn of Bill's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You have...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Jackie Holecek and Matt Thompson
“Bill was such a great teacher, family man, and friend to all. He took me under his wing when I started working at JHRevell and I always looked up to...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Nelson
“What a beautiful tribute to Bill. I remember Bill's contagious smile and gentle demeanor! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Pauline Snelling Anderson - AZ
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
14 of 19 | Posted by: Eric Collins - Milan, IL
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your father, but after reading his obituary, I now know he was a great man on many...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Amy Shoultz - Iowa City, IA
“My heart is heavy with sorrow,i can not feel the pain that Terri,tony,JR,Adam and the rest of the family are feeling.Bill taught me so much i only...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: james revell - bettendorf, IA
“Bill was a great friend to our family. I'll miss walking into H&S or Revell and being able to say "hi". I'm not sure how I'll ever be able to look...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Abbey (Linn) Waeyaert - Moline, IL
“Adam & Teri;
We're so sorry for your loss. Our prays are with you two, and the rest of your family.
Steve, Leslie & Sean Rizzo
18 of 19 | Posted by: Leslie Rizzo - AR
“What a beautiful story about an awesome man. His story lives on through you, Teri, the boys and his grandkids. May your memories be plentiful and...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Jane Eagle - Davenport, IA
William L. Behrends, Sr., 56, a resident of Bettendorf and loving husband, son, father, grandfather and friend to many died in his home Tuesday, January 18, 2011 following a sudden illness.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1506 Brown Street, Bettendorf with Fr. Tim Sheedy officiating and assisted by Bill’s longtime friend Deacon Dennis Duff. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. All are invited to join the family for a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. to begin the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smith Island Nature Trail at Lock & Dam 14 Recreation Area.
Bill was born on October 25th, 1954 in Key West, Florida to Betty and Dick Behrends. He spent many years of his youth collecting stories of life on the farm that he would later share with his boys, JR, Tony and Adam. The family lived in rural Kansas, Iowa, and later returned to the Quad Cities, where he met his lifelong love Teri Roth.
Bill and Teri were united in marriage on June 21st, 1975, and there began a lifetime of love, nurturing and building a strong marriage and an even stronger friendship. Bill loved Teri with all of his heart and would openly refer to Teri as his wife, best friend, and the most important person in the world to him. Teri was the greatest love of Bill’s life.
Bill and Teri have three sons – William Coghill-Behrends (JR), Tony Behrends, and Adam Behrends, commonly referred to as the “Behrends Boys”. Bill was an incredibly devoted father, and whether it was from an audience seat at one of JR’s BHS theatrical productions, the stands at one of Tony’s swim meets, or from the bleachers at one of Adam’s football games, Bill was always there cheering, smiling, and encouraging. These were his proudest moments, and the moments that will forever live on in our memories of him.
Bill’s enthusiasm for his grandchildren was always visible. “Grandpa Shorty,” as some of the grandchildren called him, was a constant source of love, wit, and goodies. He enjoyed spoiling the grandchildren, as he put it, to help pay his boys back for the joys they brought him during their teenage years. Grandpa Shorty’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of his grandchildren, Abby, Marlee, Hannah, Damond, and Quincy.
Bill took great joy in doing good work. He had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. This drive led him to establish his own business, no small feat considering he did this during the recession of the early eighties. Bill’s clients included several prominent Quad Cities area jewelers where he did custom and restorative jewelry work. Many members of the family, indeed many residents of the Quad Cities, wear rings, necklaces, and earrings that Bill created. In many ways, his legacy lives on through the beautiful pieces he created. In more recent years he’s worked for James Revell at Revell’s Jewelry, perhaps his most fulfilling job ever. He so enjoyed his time at Revell’s and especially enjoyed the talents, wit, and occasional jab from his very close friend James Revell. Bill also enjoyed the break from the jewelry bench that his time at Huckfeldt and Smith brought. Bill was a talented and gifted businessman.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his family – during their early years, the Behrends’ family spent many a summer camping, fishing, and canoeing. Bill was an active and involved husband and father. He pushed us all to be better, to try harder, and to be good people. He enjoyed getting into political debates, discussions of finance, and of finding creative ways to solve problems – whether it was fixing a broken tent pole, or finding a good investment. He was an active listener and always offered a differing perspective. He will be remembered as a compassionate human, a giving soul. He will be missed greatly, but will continue to live on in our memories, in our hearts, and in the many smiles he brought us all.
Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teri Behrends, his sons, JR (Andy) Coghill-Behrends of Iowa City, Tony (Kelli) Behrends, of Bettendorf, Adam Behrends, of Brandenton, Florida. He leaves behind the woman he called his greatest hero, his mom, Betty Fahy, and the person he called, dad, Ivan Fahy. He is survived by his siblings, Pam Wilson and Steven Behrends, of Scottsdale, Arizona. His grandchildren, Hannah, Damond, Quincy, Abby, and Marlee will forever miss him. Those left to honor his memory also include his mother in-law, Dona Roth, of Davenport, Teri’s brothers and sisters and their spouses, Andy Roth, Scott (Ann) Roth, Mark Roth, Todd Roth, Tracy (Don) Hains, Kelly Jimenez and Mary Kay (John) Holmberg; his close friend Bob Simpson, and many, many more family members and friends who cherish the memories they have of Bill. Bill was preceeded in death by his father in-law, Andy Roth, who Bill adored, and his long-time faithful companion, his dog Fred.